Just when things were starting to turn around for Saugus football, they go back the other way.
Not only are the Centurions, who have won two straight games after losing five in a row, playing highly touted Valencia tonight at 7:30 at College of the Canyons, but they have also lost their starting quarterback for the season.
Valencia girls volleyball finished off an eighth straight Foothill League championship season with a three-set win over Golden Valley on Thursday at home, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.
The victory clinched an outright league crown for the Vikings (15-9, 9-1).
Golden Valley and Canyon will both be looking for their first win tonight, but the two schools enter the game on very different notes.
The Grizzlies lost to Saugus last week but scored 26 points in the second half, which is more than they had scored all season.
West Ranch football is somewhere it has wanted to be for a long time.
Saugus celebrated its Senior Night Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Canyon at Saugus High School.
The Centurions won by scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-14.
Two days, four matches, 52 games and one Foothill League doubles championship capped off a solid tennis performance for Valencia's Emily and Clarice Fraczek.
Hart's Anne Susdorf also proved Thursday she still has the top swing in singles by taking a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 showdown with West Ranch's Ana Lucia Fuentes to claim her second straight league title.
It's possible the turning point of West Ranch girls volleyball's season came in its regular-season finale.
After dropping the match's first two games, the Wildcats battled back to take a 3-2 nailbiter over Hart on Thursday at West Ranch High School, and in the process, claimed a share of second place and the No. 2 seed for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs coming out of the Foothill League.
Thursday's Foothill League cross country finals were the culmination of the league season.
But in several respects, the real season is about to begin.
There were several new faces at this year's Foothill League prelims on Wednesday, but by the end of two rounds, the singles bracket looked a lot like last year - minus the Vikings.
If it's the biggest football game of his life, he won't admit it.
In the first meeting between Hart and Saugus girls volleyball, the two teams battled it out through five sets.
With a showdown against Hart on the horizon, West Ranch wanted to be as sharp as possible heading into that match.
Another day, another feat.
It wasn't the Valencia girls volleyball team's strongest effort.
The accolades keep rolling in for the nation's fastest high school swimmer.
The Saugus athletics program has finally been dethroned.
It's comical to look back at what the outside world thought of Saugus boys cross country in late September.
There is a pattern to past Signal Male Athletes of the Year.
When The Signal first heard about Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil, the young swimmer was barely a freshman.
Valencia High School baseball player Devin Davis got to go deep at a Major League Baseball stadium.
This was the best coached year in the last decade in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The best way to explain how an athlete can qualify as exciting is to define the term - and not simply in a dictionary sense.
It didn't take long to see something special was happening.
We've spent the last two weeks bringing you up to speed on the high, lows, and everything in between of the 2013-2014 athletic year in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The 2013-14 year was an exicting one for West Ranch marked by great individual and team performances.
It's become expected of Valencia athletics to stand among the top of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The school year may be officially over, but the awards continue to trickle in.
It may have been a bit of a down year for Saugus overall, but that doesn't mean the Centurions didn't have a good 2013-2014 year.
The evil empire is back.